While Novocure has been researching TTFields for more than 15 years, Ze’ev joined the company three years ago. Using his background in physics and cell mechanics, he leads a team of researchers at Novocure’s facility in Israel. Ze’ev’s main focus has been on optimizing the delivery of TTFields using physics research.

“We do a lot of simulation, numerical work and experimental work as well, such as measuring TTFields in various situations,” said Ze’ev. “We also continue our research into the mechanism of action of TTFields.”

This work requires partnership with the preclinical teams and researching the electric properties of cells, which are relevant to enhancing the understanding of how TTFields penetrate into the cells.

Additional research, whether done internally or externally, will help inform our therapy and could result in better outcomes for patients.”

Yet Ze’ev recognizes the importance not just of the research itself, but also the necessity of effectively explaining Novocure’s technology – which bridges physics and biology – to researchers of various scientific backgrounds.

“For many people, the concept of an electric field is abstract,” said Ze’ev. “It’s not easy for everyone to comprehend the physics and theory behind it. We’re always developing new tools to educate people.”

Those efforts have begun to bear fruit as more outside institutions have taken notice of the TTFields technology and started to study it in the last several years.

According to Ze’ev, “Additional research, whether done internally or externally, will help inform our therapy and could result in better outcomes for patients.”

It is not only the collaboration with a global community of scientists that motivates Ze’ev, but the pure sense of discovery.

“I like that science involves exploring new territory and doing new things,” said Ze’ev.